Closing southern border may be "best decision": White House


Last week, US President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border if Mexico did not take action to stop all illegal migration heading to the United States. "They're unwilling to work with us to fix this problem because they're too busy playing politics to do their jobs", she said.

Last week, Trump said he'd close the border as the number of migrants coming to the US has surged.

Trump said last week that there was "a very good likelihood" he would close the border this week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt illegal immigration. "They don't want to change it because they want open borders, which means crime and lots of other things coming in - including drugs".

"For a White House that can legitimately claim significant economic accomplishments and has reportedly considered softening its stance in trade negotiations with China to calm markets, such a move would be as counterintuitive as it would be counterproductive", the U.S. Chamber of Commerce writes in a blog post on the issue.

"They arrange these caravans, and they don't put their best people in those caravans", he said.

If President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to close the US-Mexico border, it would disrupt the flow of $1.7 billion of goods daily to store shelves and factory floors - including not just avocados, but beer and auto parts, too.

"I haven't made that intention known", he said at one point before adding: "I'm ready to do that".

"Sure, it would have a negative effect on the economy", Trump said of a possible border closing.

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That means that workers in auto assembly plants would be out of work, and workers in US vehicle parts plants would follow, since with assembly plants shut down, parts plants would be idled, too.

Trump reiterated claims on Tuesday that certain countries in Central America have been taking money from the US, while offering nothing to the return.

"There was a bill passed at the end of 2008 called the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008, and it was designed when there were unaccompanied minors coming from Central America through Mexico to the United States", he said.

Almost $1.7billion of goods and services flow across the border daily, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Following a meeting on Monday with Lopez Obrador at the Presidential Palace in Mexico City, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, invited the Mexican president to visit the committee for a meeting in Washington, an aide to Engel said. The fact that this would be an extreme logistical challenge, involving tremendous planning and follow-through, is a good indication that Trump would be not be successful at doing it. CNN also reminds us there would be legal challenges galore, meaning that Trump could threaten to do it, have it shot down by the courts, and then simply tell his base that he did everything he could.

According to an NBC report, if Trump were to close the Mexican border, which would also cut off trade, Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks. Wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, double the wait past year.

DHS officials said on the call that border facilities have been overwhelmed by families who can not be deported quickly because they hope to seek asylum in the U.S.

In a memorandum to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Nielsen ordered the additional resources, saying the crisis is worsening. "The system is on fire", a DHS official said.